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Getting around Pristina

Public transport

Pristina's public transport system is patchy. Fortunately for visitors, getting around on foot is relatively easy as most hotels, restaurants, bars and sights of interest are concentrated around Nënë Tereza. A torch is useful at night walking in the poorly lit suburbs because pavements can be uneven if not potholed.

Urban Transport Company (tel: +381 38 553 107) oversee Pristina's inexpensive bus network yet provide little visitor-friendly information on routes and timetables. Useful routes from downtown Pristina include bus 1 to Fushë Kosovo Station and bus 4 to Gërmia Park.

Taxis

Taxis are similarly inexpensive so relying on public transport isn't a necessary headache. Taxis should however be metered according to law, so check before riding. Established taxi companies are RGB (tel: +381 38 515 151), Roberti (tel: +381 38 500 006) and Victory (tel: +381 38 555 333).

Car hire

To rent a car you need to have a minimum of two years' driving experience. An International Driving Permit, vehicle registration/ownership documents and a locally valid insurance policy are required.

Both local operators and global franchises offer car hire. They include Hertz (tel: +381 38 594 555; www.hertzkosovo.com) and Shotani (tel: +381 38 603 224; www.rentacarshotani.com).

Bicycle hire

Besides hilly suburbs, Pristina is not especially bike-friendly with kerbside drains, potholes and busy traffic. Contact the experienced Intours & Travel (tel: +381 38 552 103; www.tpdconsulting.com) about bicycle hire possibilities.

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Guesthouse Velania

Run by a professor, this guest house is a real cheapie in a three-storey building located in Velania's leafy neighbourhood. It exudes a homey ambience. Breakfast not included.

Hotel Ambasador

Small and boutique in size, Hotel Ambasador's contemporary rooms represent one of Pristina's classiest options. Winter chill is kept at bay by indoors saunas and a roaring log fire in the dining room.

Hotel Victory

There's an air of triumphalism about Hotel Victory with its palatial exterior and rooftop Statue of Liberty. Comfortable if chintzy rooms with excellent highway access making it popular with business clientele.

Hotel Afa

Perched on a quiet hillside location with views over the city centre, Afa's large airy rooms are extremely popular with internationals and NGOs. Discounts are available to citizens from countries recognising Kosovo.

Hotel Luxor

Despite being a few kilometres outside the city centre, the USP of this modest friendly hotel is its close proximity to Pristina's green lungs - the wonderful Gërmia Park.

Grand Hotel

Hulking ex-Yugoslav monolith with a cavernous interior stay at Pristina's famous Grand Hotel for a retro trip down Eastern Bloc's memory lane. Blessed with the most central location in Pristina on Nënë Tereza.